West Students to plant, harvest and eat from new veggie garden at School. #SchoolsTreeDay

West Students to plant, harvest and eat from new veggie garden at School. #SchoolsTreeDay

Tree dayLocal Toyota dealership Bill Robertson Toyota is teaming up with the staff and pupils of Gladstone West State School to celebrate the 22nd year of Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day on Friday 29th July.

Marking this special occasion, selected students of Gladstone West State School and Bill Robertson Toyota will get their hands dirty with planting activities at the school, as part of what has become Australia’s largest community tree planting and nature care event.

Not-for-profit environmental foundation, Planet Ark, has again partnered with Toyota and its extensive national dealer network to get both communities and schools across Australia involved in the initiative.

Through Schools Tree Day and National Tree Day, which falls two days after on Sunday 31st July, Planet Ark and Toyota hope to educate the nation on the value and importance of preserving the environment.

Over the years Bill Robertson Toyota has partnered with many locals for Schools National Tree Day including Buliyan State School, Clinton State School, Boyne Island State School, Port City Kids, Rainbow Valley Early Learning Centre and Koolyangarra Kindergarten.

The partnership of Bill Robertson Toyota and Gladstone West State School for this year’s planting project is a timely one as Gladstone West State School are currently trying to embed positive healthy habits for life by establishing fruit and vegetable gardens at the school.  Students will plant, care for, harvest and plan a meal using their produce.

Along with a Schools Tree Day donation from Bill Robertson Toyota, Gladstone West has also received a grant for Science week which has assisted in establishing garden beds.  During Science Week (12 – 20 August) there will be community gardening tips and hints for growing a successful veggie garden – presented by a combination of student and experts, food tasting and recipe sharing.

Gladstone West State School Teacher Margaret-Mary Opstelten said, “The Schools National Tree Day project we are undertaking with the assistance of Bill Robertson Toyota is closely linked with the Science and Health curriculums. Our long term vision is to assist the tuckshop with their salad produce and having a school ‘Farmer’s Market’ style day where herbs and produce can be sold to continue our garden gurus.”

Dealer Principal, Bill Robertson Toyota said, “Toyota has a long tradition of supporting local communities and Schools National Tree Day is a great way for us to give something back. Our team will be there, gloves and spades at the ready to assist West State School with their new vegetable garden and look forward to seeing it grow over the coming years for the whole school community to enjoy.”

Bill Robertson Toyota Marketing Manager, Erin Robertson with Gladstone West State School Teacher, Margaret-Mary Opstelten and students with some of the Schools National Tree Day merchandise donated to the school in preparation for their gardening project on Friday, July 28 to celebrate Schools National Tree Day.